Ian McKellen and The Hobbit cast are down in New Zealand ready for shooting later this month, and with final pre-production tests going on McKellen found time to update his official website. The actor talks about seeing Martin Freeman testing out his Hobbit feet, and seeing Bilbo Baggins in 3D.
I’ve seen Bilbo — in three dimensions.
I was visiting old friends in the Stone Street offices and heard Martin Freeman was just round the corner by the permanent greenscreen, done up as Bilbo, testing his costume in front of the 3D cameras. Indeed, there he was in the open air, mostly oblivious to the camera, though turning this way and that as required. Martin improvised a hobbity gait, padding back and forth, testing his big hairy Hobbit feet, pointy ears and little tum.
Beneath the shade of a tent, in a sun hat, Andrew Lesnie was remotely controlling the two lenses within the mighty camera which digitally records in 3D. His screen showed the familiar 2D image but next to it, above the director’s chair, was a large colour screen in full magical three dimensions, much as it will appear in the cinema — courtesy of the spy-glasses that transform the blurred outlines onscreen to the high definition exactitude of the 3D effect.
Three Bilbos simultaneously, two performances on screen and the actor beyond: which was the real one? Martin Freeman was transmuting into a character whose reality will soon be as authentic as his own.
Unfortunately we’ll have to wait a while before we see any footage from The Hobbit, but there’s a possibility of official images being released over the upcoming months, and i’m sure Gandalf will be keeping us updated.